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Synopsis: The daughter of a brilliant but mentally disturbed mathematician (recently deceased) tries to come to grips with her possible inheritance: his insanity. Complicating matters are one of her father's ex-students who wants to search through his papers and her estranged sister who shows up to help settle his affairs.
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Director(s): John Madden
Production: Miramax Films
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
100 min

It's like a monkey at a typewriter,

I'm prepared to look at every page,

Are you?


I'm not crazy,

Well, I'm gonna be late,

Some friends of mine are in this band,

They're playing in a bar on Diversey,

way down the bill, around 2:30,

- I said I'd be there,

- Great,

They're all in the math department,

They're good,

They have this song called "i,"

You'd like it, Lowercase i,

They just stand there,

They don't play anything for three minutes,

Imaginary number?

It's a math joke,

You see why they're way down the bill,

That's a long drive

to see some nerds in a band,

I hate when people say that,

It's not really that long of a drive,

- So they are nerds,

- Oh, they're raging geeks,

But they're geeks

who can dress themselves

and hold down a job at a major university,

Some of them have switched

from glasses to contacts,

They play sports, They play in a band,

They get laid surprisingly often,

So it makes you kind of question

the whole set of terms:

"Geek," "nerd," "wonk,"

"Dilbert," "paste-eater,"

- You're in this band, aren't you?

- OK, yes,

I play the drums, You wanna come?

I never sing, I swear to God,

- No, thanks,

- All right, look, Catherine,

- Monday, What do you say?

- Don't you have a job?

- A full teaching load plus my own work,

- Plus band practice,

- Plus I teach hockey to ten-year-olds,

- You make me sick,

I don't have time to do this,

but I have to if you'll let me,

I loved your dad, and I don't believe

a mind like his can just shut down,

He had lucid moments, a lucid year,

a whole year three years ago,

- Sorry,

- Look, let me...

- Wait, You're 27, right?

- How old are you?

- Doesn't matter,

- How old are you?

I'm 26, When your dad

was younger than both of us,

he made major contributions to three fields:

- Game theory, algebraic geometry...

- Don't lecture me,

If I came up with a tenth

of the sh*t your dad produced,

I could write my ticket

to any math department in the country,

Give me your backpack,


- Because I wanna look inside it,

- What?

- Open it up and give it to me,

- Come on,

- You're not taking anything out of here,

- I wouldn't,

You're hoping to find something

you can publish?

- Sure,

- Then you can write your own ticket?

What? No, it would be

under your dad's name, for your dad,

- You have something in that backpack,

- What...?

- Give it to me!

- Look, you're being a little paranoid,

Just because I'm paranoid

doesn't mean there isn't something in...

You said yourself that there was

nothing up there, didn't you? Didn't you?

- Yes,

- So what would I take, right?

You're right,

Thank you,

Oh, what the hell...?

This isn't an airport,

You can come back,

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David Auburn

David Auburn (born November 30, 1969) is an American playwright. His play Proof won the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Auburn also writes screenplays, writing The Lake House, and directs both film and stage plays. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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